The Bills believe they are stronger after going through an emotionally draining season last year

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are drawing upon the lingering memories of an emotionally draining season last year and believe they are stronger because of it thanks to the emphasis coach Sean McDermott placed on mental health. McDermott is credited for putting football aside and being sensitive to player needs during a season unlike no other in Buffalo. The Bills endured a string of blows that included safety Damar Hamlin’s near-death experience, the sudden death of tight end Dawson Knox’s brother and one deadly snowstorm. Thanks to McDermott, the Bills are one of six NFL teams to employ a full-time psychologist.